Wasting Money on Diabetes Education That Fails to Teach the Right Things
What is a bit shocking, however, is that this expansion of diabetes is happening right in the midst of some of the best academic and research health institutions in the country. Texas is home to MD Anderson Cancer Center , Baylor College of Medicine , UT Health Science Center , Memorial Hermann Hospital , The Methodist Hospital , Texas Childrens Hospital , and University of Houston College of Pharmacy .
On the other hand, the fact is that Texas is not very different than other states in America. We have become a nation of diabetics! One in 4 adults over 65 in the US is already diabetic and 1 in 3 over age 20 is prediabetic. By 2050, one-third of all Americans could be diabetic!!!
So why is this $2 million research grant not such good news?
The Third Ward, one of the six historic wards of Houston, is a predominantly African American community of over 13,000 people as of 2011. The program envisioned in this grant is to take education and treatment out into the Third Ward by 1) establishing a community advisory group, 2) conducting health fairs at different locations, 3) offering lessons on how to live and eat healthier, and 4) screening to detect susceptible individuals early. The objectives are to treat those who already have and to prevent others from getting it, according to Ezemenari Obasi, director of the HEALTH institute. (The name of this institute is an acronym for Helping Everyone Achieve a Lifetime of Health.)
My answer is: it depends on what it is educating people about, and if it has any effect. And if you look at the rising epidemic of diabetes, it appears Continue reading